Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

Complexity and the desire of philosophy

Rèné Eloff Academic research 2016-06-03

"In this article I critically consider the significance of complexity theory for philosophy in light of Alain Badiou’s argument that philosophy is sustained by the four-dimensional desire for revolt, logic, universality and risk."

Intoxication as a defence in South African criminal law: A sober approach?

Rinda Botha, Marina van Rooyen Academic research 2016-05-27

"This article explores whether that legislation, the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1 of 1988, and in particular section 1, has been optimally formulated to provide a sober criminal law approach to intoxication as a defence."

The role of selected motivational factors and learning strategies in academic achievement of Economic and Management (EMS) education students

Louis van Staden Academic research 2016-05-27

"Academic support at higher education institutions should not be generic in nature, but subject specific, because specific terms, concepts and situations should be understood well."

Paul Kruger, the Uitlander franchise and the English language newspapers in the South African Republic before 1895

Heinie Heydenrych Academic research 2016-05-25

"Kruger’s thinking about full citizenship was rather simplistic. It made no provision for the possibility of Uitlanders’ becoming loyal citizens of the Republic."

Near-death experiences: a critical analysis of out-of-body perceptions during cardiac arrest

Pieter F Craffert Academic research 2016-05-24

"At this stage the conclusion seems inevitable that NDEs during cardiac arrest do not confirm that consciousness can exist or function independently of an embodied brain."

The learning practice formation of high school learners in a rural working class town

Aslam Fataar, Henry Fillies Academic research 2016-05-17

"It is the way they built their commitments to their learning, via developing strategic identities and practices, in terms of which they were able to position themselves as productive learners in their community context."

Postapartheid as a wound culture within a pathological public sphere: Mark Gevisser’s Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Leon de Kock Academic research 2016-05-11

"To enrich the reflexive play, Gevisser combines this visual evidence with his own, considered interpretation of the various data he offers up for inspection."

Interlingual and cross-cultural movement between Afrikaans and Dutch in Marlene van Niekerk’s volume of stories Die sneeuslaper [The snow sleeper] (2010)

Louise Viljoen Academic research 2016-05-11

"This article explores the interlingual and cross-cultural movements between Afrikaans and Dutch in this volume, more specifically in “Die sneeuslaper”, the story that lends its title to the volume."

The end of transcendence in continental philosophy of religion?

Anné Hendrik Verhoef Academic research 2016-05-06

"Transcendence, or at least the search for it, is deeply embedded in human existence – whether biological, spiritual or both – and for this reason transcendence is continually being understood and interpreted anew."

The assessment of home languages in the South African National Senior Certificate examinations – ensuring fairness and increased credibility

Colleen du Plessis, Sanet Steyn, Albert Weideman Academic research 2016-04-29

"Inasmuch as the curriculum and assessment standards may help to organise what should happen in the classroom, they provide no guarantee of contributing towards the quality of education and assessment practices, or of ensuring equivalence across different language examinations."

The aunt from the Netherlands as a liminal character in Etienne van Heerden’s Kikoejoe (1996) and 30 nagte in Amsterdam (2008)

Joan-Mari Barendse Academic research 2016-04-25

"I investigate whether Aunt Geertruida and Aunt Zan as liminal characters ever reach the postliminal phase or remain caught in the liminal phase."

The hadeda as liminal animal in Kaar by Marlene van Niekerk

Marius Crous Academic research 2016-04-20

"In this collection the interaction between humans and nature plays an important role, in that several poems deal with the intricate relationship between the poet as observer and a particular animal as the observed."

The claim for wrongful life: Can the law of delict accommodate such claims or is the common law extended beyond its limits?

Marike Rabie Academic research 2016-04-15

Wrongful life claims pose difficult ethical, moral and social questions. The law, and especially the law of delict, cannot shy away from these questions.

The impact of the Gothic on Afrikaans literature: an investigation into the existence of a distinctive Afrikaans Gothic by means of the Faust motif

Gerda Taljaard-Gilson Academic research 2016-04-05

"It is thus evident that a unique Afrikaans Gothic does exists, a distinct brand of Gothic that does not merely duplicate or imitate the European tradition, but is an original genre with its very own characteristics."

Delictual liability for an omission: wrongfulness and negligence

Johann Neethling, Johan Potgieter Academic research 2016-03-29

"If the essential functions of these two delictual elements are kept in mind, namely, in the case of wrongfulness of and omission, whether there was a legal duty on the actor to prevent harm by positive conduct, and if so, in the case of negligence, whether the reasonable person would have foreseen damage and taken steps to prevent it, there can be no question of confusion."

Predestination and evangelical spirituality

Vincent Brümmer Academic research 2016-03-29

"In the end Murray had to admit that there was a logical contradiction between human responsibility and divine predestination that faith accepts even though the mind cannot resolve it."

(Ir-)Responsible filmmaking: The representation of farm murders in Darrell Roodt’s Treurgrond (2015)

Dian Weys Academic research 2016-03-23

"The penultimate scene, together with the poem recital at the funeral, Steve Hofmeyr’s direct-to-camera stare and AfriForum’s advertisement before the credits not only simplifies the position of the white Afrikaner in South Africa, but also reveals the film’s political agenda."

Groupings in nominal relative constructions in the Greek New Testament

Herman du Toit Academic research 2016-03-17

"Only a few examples occur in the New Testament where a personal pronoun functions as head nominal of a relative construction."

The authorization required for a structural alteration of part of a section and the adjoining part of the common property in a sectional title scheme

C.G. van der Merwe Academic research 2016-03-09

"Non-luxurious improvements could be carried out only if authorised by a special resolution adopted at a general meeting. Likewise, the alteration of the portion of the wall and window inside the section was impermissible without the approval of the body corporate."

From opera to “politopera”? New developments in South African opera composition and reception

Mareli Stolp Academic research 2016-03-07

"Opera composition in South Africa has been on the increase, especially since 2010. A general observable trend in these compositions is the connection, through dramatic and thematic material, to topics and concerns relevant to the current South African historical moment."